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Fri, Sep 17, 2021

Syria after the fall of Kabul: A European perspective

There is at least one common factor between Syria and Afghanistan: just as the Taliban has not changed once it took back power, the Bashar al-Assad regime will not change once its power is affirmed.

MENASource by Michel Duclos

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Sep 15, 2021

Renewed hostilities in Daraa offer lessons and opportunities in Syria. But will Washington pay attention?

Prolonged unrest in the south highlights rifts within the pro-Bashar al-Assad camp, notably between Iran and Damascus on one side and Russia on the other, potentially presenting a unique opportunity for diplomacy.

MENASource by Alexander Langlois

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Sep 13, 2021

Defusing Saudi Arabia-UAE tensions through economic rebalancing

By identifying the economic imbalances contributing to the breakdown, recalibration is possible to rebuild a more balanced relationship that circumvents the zero-sum game that has given rise to the Riyadh-Abu Dhabi dispute.

MENASource by Hani Findakly

Experts

Content

Fri, Sep 17, 2021

Mary McCord, Former Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Joins the Atlantic Council as Nonresident Senior Fellow

McCord will contribute extensive senior government experience to the Council’s leading work on counterterrorism, national security, the rule of law, and litigation

Press Release by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy Extremism

Fri, Sep 17, 2021

Syria after the fall of Kabul: A European perspective

There is at least one common factor between Syria and Afghanistan: just as the Taliban has not changed once it took back power, the Bashar al-Assad regime will not change once its power is affirmed.

MENASource by Michel Duclos

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Sep 16, 2021

Iran’s environmental woes could be Raisi’s Achilles heel

Among the challenges encountered by the Islamic Republic of Iran, climate change looms as one of the most serious, disrupting, and even life-threatening issues facing both rural and urban populations. This threat has worsened at a time when Iran is politically polarized, ideologically fractured, and economically embattled.  

IranSource by Javad Heiran-Nia and Mahmood Monshipouri

Energy & Environment Iran

Wed, Sep 15, 2021

Renewed hostilities in Daraa offer lessons and opportunities in Syria. But will Washington pay attention?

Prolonged unrest in the south highlights rifts within the pro-Bashar al-Assad camp, notably between Iran and Damascus on one side and Russia on the other, potentially presenting a unique opportunity for diplomacy.

MENASource by Alexander Langlois

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Sep 15, 2021

State of the Order: Assessing August 2021

The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Blog Post

Afghanistan Belarus

Tue, Sep 14, 2021

Wechsler quoted in Washington Monthly on how the US will need to develop even more effective counterterrorism strategies

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

Wed, Sep 8, 2021

Ashford in Vox: “I think it’s the rise of China, and more broadly the fact that America is in relative decline … that is where we start hearing some talk of constraints.”

On September 8, Ashford was quoted in a Vox article by Zack Beauchamp on the decline of liberal interventionism. “‘I don’t actually think that the failures of foreign policy in the Middle East alone were enough to catalyze this shift’ against interventionism, says Emma Ashford, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council think tank. ‘I […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

Wed, Sep 8, 2021

Brahimi in Foreign Policy: “20 Years After 9/11, U.S. Global Authority Is Weaker Than Ever”

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Crisis Management

Wed, Sep 8, 2021

Zais in the Wall Street Journal: “The army needs to understand the Afghanistan disaster”

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

Wed, Sep 8, 2021

Wechsler joins CNBC to discuss how Afghanistan will become a platform for international terrorism

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Crisis Management

Events

Fri, Sep 24, 2021

Iranian public opinion as Raisi takes the stage

Online Event A discussion surrounding the polling data on Iranian public opinion on domestic, regional, and international issues, surveyed by the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland.

12:00pm Economy & Business Iran Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Sep 24, 2021

Future of UN sanctions

Online Event Panel discussion on the future of targeted financial sanctions in the United Nations toolkit featuring Sue Eckert, George A. Lopez, Kimberly Prost, and Jacqueline Shire. This conversation is moderated by Howard Wachtel.

2:00pm Belarus China Economic Sanctions Ethiopia

Mon, Sep 27, 2021

Leading oil and gas into a net-zero world

Online Event The Global Energy Center hosts a a virtual discussion on the role of oil and gas in a net-zero world, featuring H.E. Mohammad Barkindo, Secretary General, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries ; Helima Croft of RBC Capital Markets; and Majid Jafar of Crescent Petroleum.

8:30am Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance Energy Transitions Middle East